By Kevin Deutsch
With the number of new COVID-19 infections surging across Florida, new data show just two pediatric intensive care unit beds remained available in Broward hospitals as of Thursday morning.
At least 1,762 patients positive for the coronavirus had been admitted to local hospitals as of 11 a.m. Thursday, up from 1,748 a day earlier, according to the data compiled by Broward County’s Emergency Management Division.
At least 237 COVID-positive patients were on ventilators, the data show, accounting for 30 percent of the county’s 782 ventilators.
Adult intensive care units were 94 percent full, with 33 ICU beds still available, records show. Pediatric ICUs were 97 percent full.
According to the county, the information used to compile the data was submitted by local hospitals and has not been audited.
At least 15,402 new COVID-19 infections were reported by the state on Thursday, the latest day for which statewide case totals were available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State data show COVID-19 cases in Broward County have increased 16.6 percent during the past week.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.